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Terra Nova National Park of Canada

Things you should know regarding Malady Head and Newman Sound Campground

Important Notices:

  • Newman Sound campsites do not have firepits however there are communal firepits located in the campground. No charcoal barbecues and no portable wood burning firepits are allowed in Newman Sound campground.
  • Propane fire pits are permitted in Newman Sound campground.
  • Malady Head campsites do have individual firepits on each campsite and charcoal BBQs are permitted.
  • Malady Head/Newman Sound: Firewood is available for purchase at Newman Sound grocery store or in local communities.
  • NEW this season: oTENTiks (roofed accommodations). Ten units are now available in Malady Head Campground, in addition to the 10 units located in Newman Sound campground.

General Camping Information:

Operating Season (Nights):

  • Malady Head: June 15 to September 17, 2016
  • Newman Sound: May 18 to October 9, 2016

Reservable Period (Nights):

  • Malady Head: June 15 to September 17, 2016
  • Newman Sound: Peak Season - June 15 to September 5, 2016
    •  May 18 – 23, 2016; by reservation for the following sites:
      Sites 1 – 66 (electrical)
      Sites 67 – 117 (unserviced). Note: sites 83 - 87 are oTENTiks.
      NOTE: If all reservable sites are booked, please call the park directly for information on additional site availability
    •  May 24 to June 14, 2016 and September 6 to October 9, 2016: self-registration only.

Reservable Percentage:

  • 100% reservable

Kiosk Hours:

  • Malady Head:
    Check with the Park (709-533-2942 / 709-533-2801)
  • Newman Sound:
    Following Victoria Day weekend to mid-June and from Labour Day to October 10, 2016: Self-registration at the kiosk. Follow the instructions on envelopes.

    Mid- June to Labour Day:
    Sunday – Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday – Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

After Hours Registration:

  • Self-registration at the kiosk. Follow the instructions on envelopes.

Check In Time:

  • Any time after 2:00 p.m.
  • Visitors who would like to arrive at the campground earlier may enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their campsite to become vacant (a valid national park entry pass is required).

Check Out Time: 

  • Before 11:00 a.m.

Quiet Hours:

  • 12:00 midnight to 7:00 a.m.

Maximum Length of Stay:

  • 21 nights

Maximum Persons per Site:

  • 7 people (exceptions may be possible for 2 adults with their dependent children to a maximum of 8 people).

Maximum Vehicles per Site:

  • 2 vehicles: maximum 1 wheeled camping unit and 1 regular vehicle. We do not permit 2 wheeled camping units on the same site.

Maximum Camping Units per Site: 

  • 1 camping unit.

Generator Policy:

  • Newman Sound loop D is a generator free zone.
  • Malady Head Loop B is a generator free zone.
  • Generator use in other sections is limited between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight), except for Sections E, F and G, where generator use has extended hours.

Amperage of Electrical Service:

  • 15 and 30 Amp service in all serviced campsites.

Fire Policy:

  • Firewood is sold by the bundle. Firewood is available for purchase at Newman Sound grocery store or in local communities.
  • In designated fire pits only (Newman Sound communal fire pits only) (Malady Head individual firepits on site).
  • No other open fires are permitted.
  • No charcoal barbecues are allowed in Newman Sound.

Alcohol Policy:

  • Alcohol can be consumed on registered sites only (not at communal firepits, kitchen shelters, washrooms, etc.).

Pet Policy:

  • Pets must be leashed at all times. They must not be left unattended. They are not permitted on beach or boardwalk.
  • Pet owners are asked to collect and dispose of any solid pet waste.

Campground Locations:

  • The park is located in eastern Newfoundland, approximately 200 km west of St. John's and 60 km east of Gander. 

    Newman Sound Campground is situated 2 km from the TransCanada Highway, 10 km from western park entrance, and 30 km from eastern park entrance.

    Malady Head Campground is situated 15 km west of Newman Sound on route 310 of the Eastport Peninsula.

    Terra Nova National Park is accessible by motor vehicle along the Trans Canada Highway. From eastern or western Newfoundland, you will enter the park's east or west gate respectively along the TransCanada Highway. The highway runs through the park for approximately 40 km, with signage indicating campgrounds, trail heads, roadside pull- offs, day-use areas and our Visitor Centre, located at Salton's Brook.

    Newman Sound Campground GPS Coordinates:
    Latitude: 48.54359444
    Longitude: -53.97447778
    Street Address: Trans Canada Highway, Newman Sound exit (see location above for coordinates along TCH)

Campground Descriptions:

  • Malady Head Campground (102 reservable sites, including 10 oTENTiks):
    Unserviced: 102 sites (including 10 oTENTiks)

    Situated on route 310 of the Eastport Peninsula (approximately 15 km west from Newman Sound). Amenities include a kitchen shelter equipped with a wood stove and a nearby washroom with flush toilets, hot water and showers. Individual firepits on site. Kitchen shelter, water fill-up station, hiking trails, and Day Use area are within walking distance. Communal water taps and a dump station are available. No restrictions on charcoal BBQs.
  • Newman Sound Campground (276 reservable sites, including 10 oTENTiks):
    Electricity-only: 153 sites
    Unserviced: 123 sites
    Accessible sites are available (3 with electricity, 2 unserviced) 

    Only communal firepits.
    Wooded and open sites. Heated washrooms/showers.
    Laundromat, outdoor theatre, kitchen shelters, water fill-up and dumping station, Grocery Store, children’s Activity Centre, hiking trails and Day Use Area within walking distance.
    Communal water taps are available. Visitor Centre 3 km west.
    No charcoal BBQs and no portable wood burning firepits are permitted in the Newman Sound Campground.
    Propane firepits are permitted

    Shoulder Season

    May 18 – 23, 2016: by reservation for the following sites:
    Sites 1 – 66 (electrical)
    Sites 67 – 117 (unserviced). Note: sites 83 – 87 are oTENTiks

    NOTE: If all reservable sites are booked, please call the park directly for information on additional site availability. 

    May 24 – June 14, 2016 and September 6 to October 9, 2016: self registration only

    Long-Term sites are also available at Newman Sound Campground. To make a reservation for Long-Term Camping at Terra Nova National Park, please call the Parks Canada Reservation Service at 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783). Reservations for long-term camping are available only through the call centre and are not available online. Changes or cancellations to existing Long-Term reservations must be made by calling the park directly.

Roofed Accommodation Description:

  • Malady Head Campground: 10 oTENTiks 
  • Newman Sound campground: 10 oTENTiks
  • The oTENTik tent is a spacious blend of a tent and an A-frame cabin equipped with beds and furniture on a raised floor. Reservations can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation System by calling 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783) or on-line at reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca
  • Units Include: A table and seating area, heat source, fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, broom and dustpan. Please note: there is no plumbing, running water or electricity in the tents. Woodstoves are included in units at Malady Head.
  • Exterior: Front deck, propane barbecue with brush (propane included), camping chairs and a picnic table.
  • What To Bring: Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows (extra blankets and sleeping bags are recommended in May and September), a water container, cooking equipment, dishes, eating utensils, a cooler, flashlights, camping chairs, and slippers or indoor shoes to help keep a clean oTENTik.
  • No Cooking Allowed Inside of Unit, No Smoking Inside of Unit, No Pets (two units are pet friendly)
  • All Park campground rules and regulations apply

Internet/Wi-Fi Access:

  • There is Wi-Fi access to visitors at the Newman Sound grocery store (hot spot), Visitor Centre and at certain locations throughout the campground.
  • There is no Wi-Fi access at Malady Head Campground.

Fees:

For information regarding camping fees for Terra Nova National Park please see our Fees page.

If There is No Vacancy for Your Dates:

When the campground is full, please contact the park directly.

  • Newman Sound Kiosk: 709-533-3159 
    Mid- June to Labour Day 
    • Sunday -Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Thursday- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Malady Head Kiosk: 709-533-6774
    June 15 – September 17
  • Administration Office: 709-533-2801
    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, year round
  •  Visitor Centre: 709-533-2942

Require Additional Information?

Reservation service:

1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. local park time or www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca

General park information:

1-888-773-8888 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April to September, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. Eastern Time, October to March) or info.tnnp@pc.gc.ca 

For information and reservations specifically for backcountry camping:

NEW: Starting in late spring 2016, reservations for back country camping can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation System, by telephone at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) or online at www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca

For information and reservations for Group camping at Malady Head Campground:

709-533-2801 Monday to Friday, or June 15 to September 17: 709-533-6774 (Malady Head Kiosk)

Terms & Definitions:

Site-specific

Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.

Operating Season (Nights)

The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.

Reservable Period (Nights)

The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kiosk

The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you “check-in” and register your arrival.

Vehicle

Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.

Camping Unit

Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.

Serviced Site

Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. Unserviced sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.

The terms serviced and unserviced refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.

Drive-through Site

Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.

Walk-in Site

Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.

Overflow Site

Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.

Accessible Site

A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.

Firepit

A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.

In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.

Fire permit

In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.

Firewood

In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.

First-come, First-served Site

Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.

Shoulder Season

Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).

Entrance Pass

A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.

Daily Entrance Pass

A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.

Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass

An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.

Parks Canada Discovery Pass

The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 mon